Johns Hopkins football coach who died after his most successful season leads AFCA awardsJanuary 9, 2019
Mike Leach of Washington State and the late Jim Margraff of Johns Hopkins headline the American Football Coaches Association's national college coaches of the year.
Leach led the Cougars to a school-record 11 wins this season, including a victory over Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl. It was the fourth consecutive bowl appearance for Leach in Pullman, something no other Washington State coach has ever done.
Margraff died unexpectedly last week at age 58 after directing 12-2 Johns Hopkins to the best record in school history and a first-ever trip to the Division III semifinals. He coached at his alma mater for 29 years, compiling an overall record of 221-89-3.
The award winners in each of the NCAA's five divisions were selected by their peers and announced at the conclusion of the 2019 AFCA convention in San Antonio.
The other AFCA National Coach of the Year honorees in addition to Leach (FBS) and Margraff (Division III) were Joe Harasymiak of Maine (FCS), Drew Cronic of Lenoir-Rhyne (Division II) and Steve Ryan of Morningside (NAIA).
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